Who are you call­ing a dumb Cannes?

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

Who dares sug­gest that Fox News has dumbed down? Chris Kenslet, the ser­vice’s cor­re­spon­dent in Cannes, has pub­lished a help­ful piece on how to pro­nounce the name of the south­ern re­sort.

“Well, it’s not ‘con’,” he ex­plains. “The owner of Riviera Taxi, born in Nice, France – pro­nounced ‘niece’ – ex­plains that the ac­tual word pro­nounced ‘con’ in France is a deroga­tory term about women. So don’t use that one. ‘Cans’ is closer, but no cigar. An ‘s’ is rarely pro­nounced in French when it’s the last let­ter in a word.”

Let’s hope they never send the poor bloke to the Oua­gadougou In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. You have to love that “Nice, France” con­struc­tion. Don’t you?

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